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NCJ Number: 186934 Find in a Library
Title: Sri Lanka (From Child Abuse: A Global View, P 223-240, 2001, Beth M. Schwartz-Kenney, Michelle McCauley, et al., eds. -- See NCJ-186919)
Author(s): D. G. Harendra de Silva
Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Greenwood Publishing Group
Westport, CT 06881-5007
Sale Source: Greenwood Publishing Group
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United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter provides an overview of the nature and prevalence of child abuse in Sri Lanka and the response to it in that country.
Abstract: Following a demographic profile of Sri Lanka, including the infant mortality rate, the chapter provides a brief case study of the failure of the legal system to diagnose and respond appropriately to the sexual abuse of a runaway boy, placing him in a correctional institution where he was further abused by the older residents. A brief history of child abuse and awareness of it in Sri Lanka notes that currently child abuse in Sri Lanka exists in a variety of forms, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, neglect, and child labor. Recently, the conscription of children in armed conflicts has emerged as a new form of child abuse. This chapter reviews the data on the prevalence of child abuse in Sri Lanka and then discusses treatment and legal innovations. Recent studies show a sharp increase in reports and prosecutions of child abuse in the southern province of Sri Lanka, and there are signs that the new laws are taking effect and reaching perpetrators both at home and abroad. Despite these successes, the legal system has still not fully implemented the recent changes in the law. 1 table and 33 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Abused children; Child abuse; Child abuse detection; Child abuse investigations; Child abuse prevention; Child abuse treatment; Child protection laws; Child protection services; Child victims; Crime in foreign countries; Sri Lanka; Victims in foreign countries
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